1250–1300; Middle English; see mend, -ing1 Unabridged


verb (used with object)
to make (something broken, worn, torn, or otherwise damaged) whole, sound, or usable by repairing: to mend old clothes; to mend a broken toy.
to remove or correct defects or errors in.
to set right; make better; improve: to mend matters.
verb (used without object)
to progress toward recovery, as a sick person.
(of broken bones) to grow back together; knit.
to improve, as conditions or affairs.
the act of mending; repair or improvement.
a mended place.
mend sail, Nautical. to refurl sails that have been badly furled. Also, mend the furl.
on the mend,
recovering from an illness.
improving in general, as a state of affairs: The breach between father and son is on the mend.

1150–1200; Middle English menden, aphetic variant of amend

mendable, adjective
remend, verb
unmendable, adjective
unmended, adjective
well-mended, adjective

1. fix, restore, retouch. Mend, darn, patch mean to repair something and thus renew its usefulness. Mend is a general expression that emphasizes the idea of making whole something damaged: to mend a broken dish, a tear in an apron. Darn and patch are more specific, referring particularly to repairing holes or rents. To darn is to repair by means of stitches interwoven with one another: to darn stockings. To patch is to cover a hole or rent (usually) with a piece or pieces of similar material and to secure the edges of these; it implies a more temporary or makeshift repair than the others: to patch the knees of trousers, a rubber tire. 2. rectify, amend, emend. 3. ameliorate, meliorate. 4. heal, recover, amend.

1. ruin, destroy, 4. die, sicken. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
mend (mɛnd)
1.  (tr) to repair (something broken or unserviceable)
2.  to improve or undergo improvement; reform (often in the phrase mend one's ways)
3.  (intr) to heal or recover
4.  (intr) (of conditions) to improve; become better
5.  (Northern English) (tr) to feed or stir (a fire)
6.  the act of repairing
7.  a mended area, esp on a garment
8.  on the mend becoming better, esp in health
[C12: shortened from amend]

mending (ˈmɛndɪŋ)
something to be mended, esp clothes

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, "to free from sin or fault, improve morally," from an aphetic form of O.Fr. amender (see amend). Meaning "to fix something torn or broken" is from mid-14c.; that of "to regain health" is from c.1500. Related: Mended; mending.
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Example sentences
Financial aid would only discourage countries from mending their finances.
Mending the devastation they wrought will require more statesmanship than the
  nation has ever known.
Ruddy-cheeked and plaid-clad, he could as easily be out here hunting chukar or
  mending downed fences.
What you are seeing in the micros are not bruises, they are the mending process.
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